There’s no denying that Old Montreal is one of our city’s most beautiful neighbourhoods. The area also happens to be one of Montreal’s most active neighbourhoods. From restaurants and bars to activities for the whole family, a summer spent in Old Montreal is far from dull. Adding a brand new element to the area is Marché des Éclusiers, a perfectly located market that offers something for everybody.
Marché des Éclusiers is the latest idea to occupy the magnificent site that sites at the edge of the Old Port and the Peel Basin that leads into Griffintown. Located at the end of Montreal’s beautiful McGill Street the market has the propensity to thrive where other projects that were once housed in the area faced challenges.
A market was the one thing that was missing in Old Montreal. Offering everything from coffee and fresh smoothies to delicious pastries, fresh baked goods, fruits, grilled meat and veggies, its a concept that works as well for locals as it does for tourists. Featuring vendors such as Omnivore, Diablos BBQ, Boucherie Lawerence, Nectar and Mixologie, Cafe Volcanic Organic and many more, Marché des Éclusiers is a hub for local small business. Delivering a snapshot of Quebec’s diverse talent and produce, the market is focused on locally sourced and sustainable produce.
Beyond being a one-stop-shop for fresh produce and baked goods, Marché des Éclusiers also features vendors that sell everything you might need from take-out foods for lunch to cleaning products for your home. The second floor of the market will also feature a wine and snack bar that focuses on local wines and Quebec cheese.
There’s a lot to be said about Marché des Éclusiers but you need to see if for yourself to understand the scope of products that are offered. You may find yourself hanging out there more often than you would think. With the Lachine canal and Old Montreal is the market’s back drop, I could think of a better way to spend the lazy days of summer.
Marché des Éclusiers is open seven days a week and will run through summer and fall before the season closes on November 30th. For more information, visit their website here.
Image credit: Sylvain Granier and Hoi Photography